Vol. 11- No. 13| April 1, 2021
St. Matthew Lutheran Church & School e-News
Sharing in the Mission of CHRIST: Learning, Connecting & Serving
 HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
Maundy Thursday - Thursday, April 1
7:00pm Classic Service w/communion
In-House & Live-Streamed—RSVP Required
 
Good Friday - Friday, April 2
Noon - The Liturgy of the Cross
7:00pm - A Service Of Tenebrae Vespers
Both Services are In-House & Live-Streamed - RSVP Required
 
Holy Saturday - Saturday, April 3
5:30pm - The Vigil of Easter w/communion
In-House & Live Streamed - RSVP Required
 
Easter - Sunday, April 4
6:00am & 8:00am - Classic Festival Easter Service
10:45am - Contemporary Easter Service
Communion will be celebrated at all services
ALL Services are In-House & Live Streamed—RSVP Required
Please be sure to RSVP if you are attending
the In-House Service.

847/438-7709 or selimos@stmattsonline.com
While there has been a small number of members of St. Matthew that have been infected with COVID-19, so far NONE of these cases can be traced back to contact at the church.

It is vitally important that you RSVP before worshiping AND fill out a We Care card when you are at a worship service.
You can now fill out a We Care card when you worship online.
Please see the link "Weekly On-Line Church Attendance".
This link is on the main St. Matthew web page
as well as on Facebook.

Watch Church Services On Line…

Please don’t forget to RSVP. 
HEARTWORK:  Exodus 15:1b-2 
 “I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea. 2The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.”                                         
Please remember in prayer:
  • Kristen Skinner, Marvin Sneller, Bob & Penny Martens, Kristen Basler, Carol Andrews, Alexandra Winters, Gordon Trapp, Marilyn Ellinghusen, Pauline Kalodimos, Darlene Meyer, Karl Riehn, Pastor Kinne, Joyce Deleon, Blake Trossman

  • Our military personnel currently serving our country: Justin Brown, Adam Imaoka, Scott Karas, Elise Neilson, Steve & Ice Sandy, Tyler Sawusch, Bob Hamilton 

ALTAR FLOWERS Have been given to the Glory of God
  • In loving memory of Rev. Loest & Ruth Loest, from their family
  • Celebrating the birthday of Sharon Seiwerth, from her children & grandchildren. 
Upcoming Events
 
April 2021
    Saturday Evening Services Restart @ 5:30 starting on 4/3
 
May 2021
9th - Mother’s Day
13th - Ascension Day Service - 7pm
23rd - Pastor Kinne’s Retirement Celebration
30th - Unity Sunday / Baseball - 10:00am Service
31st - Memorial Day
 
June 2021
13th - Voters’ Assembly, Noon
19th/20th - Guest Speaker—Rev. Seltz
20th - Father’s Day
 
July 2021
4th - Independence Day
24th/25th - Guest Speaker - (TBD)
25th - Pastor Blonski’s 25th Anniversary Celebration
25th - Golf “Fore” the Kids Golf Outing
26th –30th - Vacation Bible School
 
August 2021
8th - Pig Roast (TBD)
14th/15th - Guest Speaker, Rev. Dr. Allan Buss
Watch "SCRIPTURE & PRAYER TIME"
with Pastor Blonski
7:00am on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.
SCRIPTURE & PRAYER TIME is on
BIBLE STUDY OPPORTUNITIES
Due to these uncertain times please anticipate a varied approach to the Christian Education Opportunities that are being made available at St. Matthew. Many of the Bible Studies will be held VIRTUALLY via BlueJeans or Zoom technology. If you are interested in any of these studies you may contact the Bible Study Instructor or the Church Office for the correct link to get onto the study.
Thank You.

SUNDAY MORNING ADULT BIBLE STUDY - Classes meet on Sunday mornings @ 9:00am in Luther Hall. We will be studying The Book of Matthew. If you would like to receive the handouts for either Bible study (or both!) email the Church Office at selimos@stmattsonline.com to get on the email list.
You can participate in these Bible studies either in-person in Luther Hall or virtually via our online Bible study program.
If you want to participate online, contact the church office for  log-in information, or go to the St. Matthew Facebook page for the live stream.

TUESDAY EVENING LADIES’ LIFE GROUP  -
Ladies Life Group will meet each Tuesday at 7:00pm for a virtual Bible study – Making Sense of Your Emotions. Join Nancy and many other ladies as we read God’s Word and share, grow and encourage one another.   For more info, see Nancy Blonski. Email nblonski@truemen.org or call/text 909-587-9945. 

MEN’S MINISTRY -  SATURDAY MORNING MEN’S BIBLE STUDY
The Men's Bible Study at St. Matthew is offered both in person and virtually! It is held on Saturdays at 9:00 a.m We are currently studying: “GENESIS: In the Beginning”
 
ADULT DISCIPLESHIP CLASS - The Adult Discipleship Class will start a new class in April 11, 2021. If you are interested in attending, please contact the Church Office at 847/438-7709.

YOUTH BIBLE STUDY (Jr. & Sr. High) -  
VIRTUAL classes are being offered in April 2021 at 11:00am. For ZOOM class details, please contact Kristin Gierke @ 847/438-7709 or Gierke@stmattsonline.com

SUNDAY SCHOOL - Virtual classes are being offered on the Sunday School registration link:  https://forms.gle/CsZqriBFNUM6yjuVA
Link is also available on the St. Matthew website on the Sunday School page.

St. Matthew thanks the Donna Grund family for providing materials for our Ladies’, Men’s &  Sunday Morning Bible Studies.

Lutheran Church Charities Bible Study (LCC)
WORD – WHO IS JESUS ACCORDING TO JESUS. A Study of The Gospels. Instructor: Tim Hetzner President/CEO of Lutheran Church Charities. All classes are offered via ZOOM at 9:30AM AND 7PM on Mondays.
Go to LutheranChurchCharities.org to register
or call 866-455-6466
C.O.O.L. (Christian Outreach of Lutherans) - a food
pantry for some of the neediest families in Lake County. Please bring a can of food/box of cereal with you when you worship and place them in the bins in Luther Hall. April food item is Juice or Powdered Milk. This Tuesday our C.O.O.L. willing workers delivered 66 loaves of bread and 697 lbs of food to Waukegan. 
Thank you for supporting this outreach ministry. 
BIBLE/DEVOTIONAL READINGS – For the week starting April 4. Bible readings are provided to assist you in daily reading and prayer. Click on the Bible passage to read the Scripture lesson at BibleGateway.com.
Sunday
The Tomb Is Empty

Monday
God Shows No Partiality

Tuesday
Christ Died For Our Sins

Wednesday
Jesus Is Risen
Thursday
Jesus Is The Resurrection

Friday
The Resurrection Of Jeusu

Saturday
Give Thanks To The Lord

Sunday
Come And See And Believe
MITE BOX CHALLENGE
The next Mite Box challenge will be:
 MEN verses WOMEN 
The challenge will end May 2. 
There will be two boxes labeled accordingly in the Narthex.
St. Matthew Youth - Our youth director, Kristin Gierke, is looking forward to spring and summer gatherings including
junior high and high school outdoor hangouts and game nights, as well as hangouts with the young adults. 
Kristin has incorporated a day by day scripture calendar that can be found on the website. This calendar encourages the youth and young adults to spend time in their bibles daily by following along with the daily provided scripture. 
Thank you to everyone who participated and help in preparing and running the Easter Parade, it was a great success with 125 cars and over 600 lbs of food brought in. 
If you have any questions or want to get involved in any of our youth and young adult activities please contact Kristin Gierke at (847)438-6103 or Gierke@stmattsonline.com
HELPING HANDS MINISTRY of St. Matthew Lutheran Church & School is intended to provide critical emergency financial support. Please contact one of the Pastors if such support is needed. Contributions to this ministry are also welcome.
DEVOTIONAL RESOURCES
Taking Faith Home is available each week on the church office counter.

Monday Bible Study Leader Tim Hetzner offers a daily devotional via email here.
God's blessings to you! I hope everyone had a fabulous Spring Break! This week our Emerging Skills and Interests were: Holy Week/Easter. The Number of the Week was 10. The Letter of the Week was Y, and our theme for Show & Share.  In Religious Studies, the preschoolers learned about how Jesus died & rose.
Thank you for all of your support and participation during this past Saturday’s Easter Parade! 
St. Matthew Early Childhood Center is registering for
Preschool now! 
We are here to bring little souls to Christ, and to share the good news of our salvation through Jesus Christ!  He is Risen, Alleluia!  
Our program uses play to teach our children the social,
emotional, physical and academic needs of children ages 3 & 4. If you are interested in a quality educational preschool
 program, we are here for you (and your neighbors, friends, extended family, etc.).
Please email or call Nancy Chibe (Director) if you would like more information or a tour.  
"Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live."
 John 11:25  
 

The Church Office remains open
Monday - Friday, 8:00am-3:00pm
 
 If you need to contact the Church Office after hours,
please call one of the following: 
Pastor Kinne @ 224/360-2629
Pastor Blonski @ 909/373-7936
Doug Duval @ 847/707-1676